A Mother defined from a Son’s Perspective…

It is about not giving up NO MATTER HOW HARD THE TIMES ARE.

A mother, simply, is a person given the additional task of nurturing her children. She is a person normally of great patience and inordinate strength to carry through every challenge coming her way, and her children’s in addition.

Being a mother is the most promising career anyone could ever have. It is never financially rewarding but it is indeed the noblest of all professions. This very great responsibility makes it further harder for a mother especially because like anyone, she is only human.

A mother, like everyone else, should choose her friends well. The moment she is badly influenced, it would be hard for every member of her family; for she may think she is always right and may dissent guidance offered by anyone, including those from her children. When she goes with the wrong people, she becomes selfish and eventually rips off the relationship within the family.

Jealous friends are dangerous. They will pull you down with them. They will pit you against your spouse, separate you from you children, and worst, they will spin you off against yourself in favor of their twisted reality they want you in. When they succeed, a mother loses her way from her righteous path of motherhood. And the m-o-t-h-e-r becomes o-t-h-e-r.

A mother supervises her growing children, but she should know the difference between supervising and controlling.

A mother is susceptible to sink into the idea that her children has no right to speak up against her when she is wrong. It is understandable because for many years, she has been used to be the one making decisions for them. But she must be ready for the inevitable — one day her children will speak up or themselves and decide on their own.

A mother is not all-knowing. She learns to accept the undeniable fact that she is not perfect. She should not put into her mind that being a mother gave her the absolute privilege from scrutiny — especially from her children.

Being a mother is not always about a clean house, a tidy kitchen, well-ironed clothes, sanitized toilets, or a perfectly arranged closet. It is about maintaining a very good relationship: to her husband and to her children. It is about not giving up NO MATTER HOW HARD THE TIMES ARE.

A mother is never flawless — she commits mistakes, may succumb to temptations, be selfish at times — but a mother should be humble enough to accept imperfections and realize that she is not any different from an ordinary person who sins. And this humility and realization makes a mother perfect.

Happy Mother’s Day to all imperfectly perfect Mothers in the world. This is Xy, #breakingthesilence

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What’s on your timeline?

We feel unbelievably lucky to be at this time and place – to feel the ground shifting beneath our feet and see the world change in ways we can barely imagine.

Maria Ressa, quoted with the above, spearheads Rappler — “a social news network where stories inspire community engagement and digitally fuelled actions for social change.” It aims to create an online community of citizen reporters to transform journalism and deviate from the norms by allowing people to freely spark ideas, speak their emotions, and interact with the whole world.

This idea gave way to a small-scale, ‘Rappler-like’ community. Details are yet to be known and on-going talks are being finalized. Pushing through with this ‘project’ would surely revolutionize and instigate previous and current student journalists’ plea of MagSULAT. Mag-ULAT. MagMULAT. [Write. Report. Enlighten.].

We live in a world where technology has empowered almost everyone. It doesn’t stereotype people from all walks of life. We are in the digital era where from the poorest of poors to the richest of riches have access to unlimited source of information.

With knowledge comes power; power comes responsibility; responsibility comes action; action comes change. And in this case, SOCIAL CHANGE.

Economic downturn. Endless war against terror. Battle for ancestral domain. Colorful parades and festivals. Political crisis. Social evolution. Even the smallest of things. Whatever sparks your idea matters. What’s on your timeline? SOON.

The croc, the Cong, and the contribution

‘Croc’ still on the loose.

INQUIRER REPORT on the one-ton crocodile caught along a creek in the town of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur on Saturday says the 20-foot reptile is the biggest to be caught alive in the Philippines in recent years. In an interview with the Associated Press, wildlife official Ron Sumilier confirmed: “The villagers were saying 10 percent of their fear was gone because of the first capture,” Sumilier said. “But there is still the other 90 percent to take care of.”

There is definitely still 90 percent remaining fear especially a lot of crocodiles are still roaming free across the country. Emphasis on the House of Representatives. Intelligence reports also point out that one of them were able to disguise and wear a neckbrace.

Hit and run.

ON A report from ABS-CBN News, Ayala Technohub security guard, Ricardo Bonayog, who was allegedly punched twice by Lanao del Sur Rep. Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman, is not filing a case against the latter because he is “afraid of him.” In a radio interview, Bonayog said: “Ang kalaban ko po malaking tao po. Ako po ordinaryong tao lang” [I will be facing a big personality. I am just an ordinary citizen].

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said they could not pursue further investigation without any complaints because of “due process.” People got irked and wondered, “Where the heck is Davao City mayor Sara Duterte when she is most needed?” It would have been a good fight.

FVR vs MDS sparks anew

WIKILEAKS INFORMATION revealed that Former President Fidel V. Ramos received campaign donations from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in the 1992 National Elections. Lost presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago challenged the FVR to present the hiding Libyan leader in the Senate investigation after Ramos said in a statement that the Libyan leader should be invited for testimony if Santiago wants to confirm the alleged election contribution.

Santiago disclosed: “I am a laureate of the Magsaysay award for government service. Ramos is not a laureate of the Magsaysay award.  End of debate.” The reaction of FVR was sought but he is not answering phone calls for an interview. A text message received from a reliable source close to FVR reads: “I’m pretty sure he can’t comment at the moment. He is too busy looking for his old medals!”

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